Locos dominate Miles City tournament

By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, September 2, 2021
The LHS golf teams easily won the Miles City Invitational on August 27 and took the top three individual spots for the girls and the top two spots for the boys. From the left are Sam Norman (T-1st), Molly Cooney (2nd), Hannah Adams (3rd), Breana Jensen (1st) and Cameron Hackmann (T-1st). Photos courtesy Alivia Webinger

The LHS golf teams easily won the Miles City Invitational on August 27 and took the top three individual spots for the girls and the top two spots for the boys. From the left are Sam Norman (T-1st), Molly Cooney (2nd), Hannah Adams (3rd), Breana Jensen (1st) and Cameron Hackmann (T-1st). Photos courtesy Alivia Webinger

LHS Junior Molly Cooney lines up a putt during her round in Miles City last week. She fired a career best 81 to take 2nd place in the tournament individually behind teammate Breana Jensen.

LHS Junior Molly Cooney lines up a putt during her round in Miles City last week. She fired a career best 81 to take 2nd place in the tournament individually behind teammate Breana Jensen.

Both Laurel golf teams cruised to their first team and individual wins on the season at Miles City Town and Country Club on Friday.

The Laurel boy’s are looking to get back on the path to the State Class A title after shooting 307 to finish 57 shots ahead of 2nd place Lewistown who had 364. Billings Central took 3rd with 373 and Sidney was 4th with 384.

Freshmen Cameron Hackmann and Sam Norman tied for first individually with 74’s on the par 72 layout (Hackmann got the first place medal after a scorecard playoff). Trey Ewalt grabbed a 4th place finish after a six–over 78. Eli Weisenberger took 6th after an 81 and Trayson Hart tied for 7th after posting 85.

Head Coach Jim O’Neil said he and Assistant Coach Shawn Hackmann “are very happy with where the boy’s team is at right now. The firepower of our talented young players with the depth and consistency of our more veteran players is proving to be an effective combination.”

The Lady Locos are already showing why they are the favorites to win their 4th State Championship in a row after coasting to their 26th consecutive Class A tournament victory in Miles City on August 27; winning this one by an astounding 97 strokes.

The girls shot 337 as a team to top Billings Central, who took 2nd with 434.

Even with the loss of 2020 State Runner–up Alivia Webinger, who suffered a serious injury during a basketball game last winter and is sitting out the 2021 season, the senior trio of Hannah and Haylee Adams and Breana Jensen–along with the quickly improving junior Molly Cooney–are far ahead of any other team in the Eastern A.

On Friday, Jensen broke 80 to post a 79 and win her first tournament of the year. Junior Molly Cooney had an excellent round, beating her personal best score by an incredible 13 shots en route to an 81 and a 2nd place finish in her second year as a varsity player. It was the first time she has broken 90 in 13 rounds as a Loco.

Hannah had an 84 to finish 3rd, Haylee shot 93 to finish 6th and Sophomore Alyssa Robertus posted 101 to finish in 9th place.

Coach O’Neil said, “I am very happy with our younger less experienced girls providing the depth we need to continue our dominance in the Eastern A.”

The Locos’ next tournament is at Fort Custer Golf Club in Hardin tomorrow starting at 10 a.m.

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